Pasadena Showcase House Gala Mixes Design with Dine and Dance

Showcase House of Design for the Arts celebrates their 59th annual event with a bash at the Rose Bowl
Published on Apr 21, 2024

This year’s Showcase House of Design fundraising gala, which kicks off the house tour every year, took a decidedly different approach this time.

Guests to the fashionable bash took a shuttle bus from the Rose Bowl parking lot to the Potter Daniels Manor, in the hills overlooking the Arroyo Seco and the stadium, toured the spectacular property and its guests house and gardens, and then were whisked back down the hill to the Rose Bowl stadium courtyard, where a reception, dinner, live auction, and entertainment awaited.

There was no party at the house, which is preparing its own restaurant to run throughout the tour, so the nearly 300 guests, including this year’s crop of interior and exterior designers, dined on grilled steak and shrimp, and cocktails, in the shadow of the historic stadium, while listening to live music from the group, Art Deco Entertainment.

Benefit Chair Dotty Ewing welcomed the guests and informed them that the Pasadena Showcase House event, now in its 59th year, donated $1 million this past year to various music non-profits in the San Gabriel Valley. This is in addition to the more than $25 million that the event has raised since its founding in 1948, originally to help support the LA Philharmonic.

These days, the community musical support includes an instrumental competition, the Music Mobile, a youth concert series, and a gifts and grant program that awarded more than 100 grants to the local music community in 2023.

A live auction raised thousands of dollars more for the event, with guests bidding on items from a Viking River Cruise, to a helicopter ride-along with the South Pasadena Police Department, and a Hollywood Bowl Garden Box, and more.

“We couldn’t do any of this without you,” Ewing told the guests and volunteers.

Pasadena City Council member Tyron Hampton, in whose district the Showcase House sits, also praised the group’s longtime efforts, and remarked that he was pleased that the Showcase was “returning to my district. It has been away for too long.”

The 2024 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be open to the public for tours from Sunday, April 21 to May 19, 2024. More information is available at



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